Guide to Plastic Surgery in the 30s with Washington DC Plastic Surgeon

Washington, DC — Dr. Mark Richards, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Washington, DC, has been releasing a series of how-to guides for patients interested in aesthetic treatment at various stages in life. In this installment, Dr. Richards discusses common procedures for men and women in their thirties and ways to address some of the cosmetic issues patients in this age group run into. By sharing information about the advanced plastic surgery techniques available to patients in their thirties, he hopes to help people make the best possible decision for enhancing their appearance and looking as young as they feel.

According to the most recent study from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), cosmetic procedures amongst patients between the ages of 30 and 39 increased by five percent in the past year to over 2.5 million total. With more than 364,000 of those being surgical treatments such as eyelid surgery or cheek lifts, and almost 2.1 million being minimally invasive such as BOTOX® injections or injectable fillers, Dr. Richards says patients in their thirties have a wide range of options at their disposal for treating their aesthetic concerns and enhancing their appearance. He says some common procedures his Washington DC plastic surgery patients consider at this age are: cheek lift, eyelid surgery, breast augmentation, breast reduction, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, BOTOX® Cosmetic, dermal fillers, or neck contouring.

Once women hit their mid to late thirties, Dr. Richards says many experience a loss of elasticity in their skin as gravity begins to take its toll on the body. He says lifting and tightening procedures such as a facelift for facial rejuvenation, or a tummy tuck for body contouring can provide patients with a smoother, tighter look. Also, Dr. Richards says early symptoms of menopause can begin to manifest themselves during this stage of life (even though full ovarian failure has not yet occurred), in which case he says an innovative treatment called bio-identical hormone pellet therapy can help. Designed to restore healthy tissue hormone levels and improve the body’s natural functions, he says bio-identical pellet therapy has become an effective method for counteracting the aging process and increasing the vibrancy and quality of one’s life.

As with any medical procedure, Dr. Richards says patients considering a cosmetic treatment should consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon in order to determine if they are a good candidate for the procedure. He also encourages patients to research their practice extensively so as to ensure they receive the safest and most effective results.

About Mark E. Richards, MD
Dr. Mark Richards completed five years of general residency training and two years of plastic surgery residency training. He is a graduate of both the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland and Yale University. Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Richards has been recognized as one of the Best Cosmetic Surgeons in the U.S. by a variety of publications, including The Washingtonian. Additionally, he has written articles that have been featured in some of the most prominent medical publications, such as the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. Since 2002, Dr. Richards has been listed in the Consumer Research Council Guide to America’s Top Surgeons. He gives lectures at international medical conferences focusing on a variety of cosmetic surgery topics.

Located at 11300 Rockville Pike Suite 912 in Bethesda, MD, Dr. Richards’ practice, Ageless Impressions – Plastic Surgery Institute can be reached at (301) 468-3458. Dr. Richards and his team can also be contacted online via the websites,, or